ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: KELLY AZZARELLO, ALLIED ASID

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When did you attend UCLA’s Extension ARC-ID program?  What were the most helpful skills you learned from the program? 

I started the program in 1988 and continued it in 2002. There were 3 subjects I loved:  drafting, color and kitchen design.

Did you get your certificate, or Masters? If you have a Masters, why did you decide to pursue education past the certificate program, and how has it benefitted you?  

There wasn’t a masters program at the time.

Being the incoming ASID LA Chapter president, what made you decide to take the position? How has ASID played a role in your professional (and personal) life thus far? 

Once my children were out of school I decided it was time to support ASID and donate my time like so many people before me.  It is very important to belong to professional groups that support the industry you work in.  These groups provide education, networking, resources, friendship, and so much more.  ASID Los Angeles has been a definite asset to my business/career.

What attracted you to interior design?  

My love of architecture.

Current occupation within the industry? 

Kitchen and Bath Interior Designer as well as full Interior Designer.

What are you currently working on?  

I have several kitchens, baths and two entire home remodels (both homes were taken down to the studs) that I’m working on right now.

What are 3 qualities that got you to where you are today, professionally and personally? 

A love for learning, listening skills, and people skills – of course it is always true with everyone, a strong work ethic.

What is one of your biggest challenges?  

Finding time to grow my business.

What does your typical day look like? 

Up at 6am coffee and reading – 7:30am read emails, make notes, make calls, etc. – 10am first client appointment – 12pm grab lunch, read emails, return calls – 1pm second client appointment – 3pm third client appointment – 5pm review the day, make notes from appointments, review schedules for upcoming days – 5:30pm workout – 6:30pm dinner – 8pm read/research – 9:30pm bed.

Best career advice you’ve gotten?  

Always be looking for opportunities everywhere –enjoy meeting people.

What is one helpful design resource you can recommend to our students as they enter the field?  

Go to the IP events and ask questions – the reps are wonderful resources!

Something you wish you knew when first got started designing?  

That the IP’s can actually help you with you client projects in so many ways!

What is your favorite ‘thing’ in your own home?  

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